Are You Being Haunted? How to Tell if a Ghost Is in Your House

Do you hear strange noises in the night that can’t be explained? Is there one place in your house that seems colder than it should be? Have you ever seen something in the corner of your eye, but when you turn to look, it’s gone?

Congratulations—you might just have a ghost in the house. Here’s how to tell if you’re being haunted, according to ghost-hunting experts.

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Unexplained Sights

Moving shadows in your peripheral vision—that’s a classic sign of a haunting. You might also see flickering lights or a figure in a room that you know is empty. When you turn to look, it’s gone. You can’t be certain of what you saw, but the feeling remains that something is in your house that shouldn’t be there.

Strange Noises

You might brush it off as the house “settling,” but your intuition tells another story. Those creaks in the middle of the night might the sign of something much more sinister. Knocking sounds, scratching beneath the floor or in the walls, and phantom footsteps are all common in haunted houses. You might also hear the faint sound of someone crying in another room.

Scared or Overprotective Pets

Animals have heightened senses compared to humans, so is it that much of a stretch to believe that they might experience phenomena we can’t? Signs you’re being haunted include pets refusing to enter a particular room or staring at something you can’t see. Pets may also try to protect you by barking or hissing at the ghosts.

Feelings of Being Watched

You know that prickling sensation at the back of your neck or between your shoulder blades, as if you can feel someone looking at you? If you often feel that way alone in your home, then I have some bad news for you. You’re not actually alone.

Objects Moving on Their Own

It is definitely not normal for things to move around your house. And we’re not just talking about books flinging themselves off the shelves, either. Maybe it’s just your faulty memory, or maybe someone—or something—really did hide your keys. Experts call it Disappearing Object Phenomenon and it’s very real.

Emotional Reactions

Your intuition is a powerful force, and you should listen to it if you suspect you’re being haunted. If you feel frightened of walking into a room of your home, it could be because something terrible happened there.

You might also have more subtle reactions—and not all of them are negative. A feeling of love or comfort out of the blue could indicate a relative is checking in on you.